- to tire or weary by labor; exhaust (often followed by out): The long climb fagged us out.
- British. to require (a younger public-school pupil) to do menial chores.
- Nautical. to fray or unlay the end of (a rope).
- Chiefly British. to work until wearied; work hard: to fag away at French.
- British Informal. to do menial chores for an older public-school pupil.
- Slang. a cigarette.
- a fag end, as of cloth.
- a rough or defective spot in a woven fabric; blemish; flaw.
- Chiefly British. drudgery; toil.
- British Informal. a younger pupil in a British public school required to perform certain menial tasks for, and submit to the hazing of, an older pupil.
- a drudge.
Origin of fag1
- Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a male homosexual.
- Offensive. a contemptible or dislikable person.
Origin of fag2
Examples from the Web for fag
Fag in mouth he dozed, was startled into wakefulness by a call from the Padre.Norman Ten Hundred
A. Stanley Blicq
FAG, a schoolboy who performs a servants offices to a superior school-mate.A Dictionary of Slang, Cant, and Vulgar Words
A London Antiquary
Fagg′oting, Fag′oting, a kind of embroidery in which some of the cross-threads are drawn together in the middle.
Sentimental writers have gushed over the beautiful relation which it establishes between Fag-Master and Fag.Seeing and Hearing
George W. E. Russell
Fag Alley was reached and in its vicinity several machine guns were captured, and the teams either killed or taken prisoners.The Story of the "9th King's" in France
Enos Herbert Glynne Roberts
- informal a boring or wearisome taskit's a fag having to walk all that way
- British (esp formerly) a young public school boy who performs menial chores for an older boy or prefect
- (when tr, often foll by out) informal to become or cause to become exhausted by hard toil or work
- (usually intr) British to do or cause to do menial chores in a public schoolBrown fags for Lee
- British a slang word for cigarette
- a fag end, as of cloth
- slang, mainly US and Canadian short for faggot 2
Word Origin and History for fag
"to droop, decline, tire," 1520s, apparently an alteration of flag (v.) in its sense of "droop." Transitive sense of "to make (someone or something) fatigued" is first attested 1826. Related: Fagged; fagging.
British slang for "cigarette" (originally, especially, the butt of a smoked cigarette), 1888, probably from fag-end "extreme end, loose piece" (1610s), from fag "loose piece" (late 15c.), which is perhaps related to fag (v.).